With Medicaid expansion, 'a better quality of life for our people': Editorial

Finally, more than two years after the program kicked off nationally, Louisiana officially started enrollment to expand Medicaid. The first person signed up on the state's website,, at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday. The Department of Health and Hospitals has already been in contact with 175,000 residents the department believes will qualify.

DHH got permission this week from federal officials to use food stamp income eligibility to automatically qualify uninsured recipients for Medicaid.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is smart to find ways to simplify the enrollment process. Louisianians were wrongly left out of the program for too long because former Gov. Bobby Jindal refused the extra federal money.

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